Haverhill Police Captains Anthony Haugh and Robert P. Pistone and Police Chief Alan R. DeNaro in March.
Three Haverhill police captains are seeking the vacant position of deputy police chief.
Finalists for the post are said to be, in alphabetical order, Anthony Haugh, Kim J. Parolisi and Robert P. Pistone. It is up to Mayor James J. Fiorentini to make a selection from the three to replace retired Deputy Police Chief Donald Thompson.
Fiorentini’s Chief of Staff David S. Van Dam said this morning he did not have the list in front of him. He referred requests to Human Resources Director Denise McClanahan, but she was unavailable. WHAV contends the information is public record and that the mayor and Police Chief Alan R. DeNaro are operating as a de facto selection committee.
In March, then-lieutenants Haugh and Pistone were each elevated to the rank of acting captain in a city hall swearing-in ceremony. At about the same time, at Fiorentini’s request, Haverhill city councilors voted unanimously to ask the legislature to remove the position of deputy police chief from civil service. Civil service protection was designed to take politics out of the appointment process. The petition, since approved by the legislature, gives current and future mayors sole authority to name anyone to non-civil service positions and determine contract terms, including length of service.
“In 1884, Massachusetts became the second state to pass civil service legislation, which intended to end patronage in government hiring. Governor Dexter Robinson signed the Massachusetts Civil Service Act of 1884, which the Boston Transcript called ‘probably the most important act which has passed the legislature for years,’” wrote Daniel D’Isidoro in 2006.
Critics contend civil service forces communities to hire and keep unqualified candidates.